Temple Grandin: Changing the Face of Autism

Temple Grandin was thrust into the national spotlight nearly one year ago year after the release of HBO’s critically acclaimed movie, Temple Grandin. She then became a near-household name last month after Claire Danes, who portrayed her in the film, took home a Golden Globe award for her performance. However, few are aware that prior [...]

Embracing the Label of Autism

With the autism rate now "officially" at 1 in 110 (the unofficial rate is much higher), many find it surprising that so many around us are affected. Autism is a "spectrum disorder," meaning there are varying degrees and severity to the condition, with a number of cases going undetected. Awareness and screening have greatly improved [...]

Large Lawsuit Settlement Sets Poor Precedent

A federal judge in West Palm Beach, Florida has finalized a settlement, awarding a mother of a child with autism $427,000 for an incident that took place nearly three years ago, when her son was voted out of kindergarten by his classmates. In May of 2008, teacher Wendy Portillo brought Alex Barton to the front [...]

When it Comes to Autism, All States are Not Created Equal

Despite the recent proposals by various states to pass or introduce autism insurance reform, the reality is that most states in the country are still extremely deficient when it comes to providing autism-related funding and services. The lawmakers have realized the error of their ways and are now grandstanding before the media (and everybody else) [...]

VTech V.Smile a Great Resource for Children with Autism

It was this past August on my son’s fourth birthday when I hooked up his VTech V.Smile game for the first time. In the pattern of how I have been teaching him new things, his older brother and I took turns playing while he eagerly watched on. After finally getting his chance, his first experience [...]

Sink or Swim: Avoiding an Autism-Related Drowning

The number one cause of death of individuals with autism involve incidents associated with wandering, which include exposure to the elements and drowning. Both occur frequently and a quick glance at the latest autism news headlines will reinforce these unfortunate statistics. Children with autism are typically drawn to water. Regardless of the tactile stage of [...]

Why Autism and Why Me?

Over five years ago, when we first received our son’s autism diagnosis, one of the first questions I remember asking myself was, "Why me?" "Was I being punished for something I had previously done?" and "What did we do to be dealt such a painful lot?" It’s reasonable to assume that most parents have posed [...]

Why Parents Should Publicize a Child’s Autism

I have been somewhat criticized for making myself and my child a "walking billboard" for autism. I have listened to and given much thought on this matter, keeping my child’s privacy in mind.  However, my most recent research into the difficulties presented for emergency workers, thanks largely to a number of authors who have written [...]

Sanctions and Scorn for the Unvaccinated

On January 21, 2011, CNN.com ran an Op-Ed by Dr. Rahul K. Parikh stating that parents of unvaccinated children should pay substantially higher insurance rates than those who are in compliance. He argued that the discrediting of Dr. Andrew Wakefield, once and for all, settled the issue of vaccines and autism. Furthermore, it was suggested [...]

Internet Safety and Your Child With Autism

Parents are inundated with the warnings about the perils of cyberspace and the necessity of protecting their children, a task made more daunting if that child is a guileless autistic.  When my fourteen-year-old son gushed that he had met a boy on a forum that was interested in all the same things he was, right [...]

 
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Did You Know?

  • * In 1970, Autism affected 1 out of 10,000 children
  • * Autism now affects 1 out of 88 children
  • * Autism affects 1 in 54 boys
  • * 1.7 million Americans have some form of autism
  • * 4 out of 5 autistic children are boys

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